Kentuckiana charities and businesses need help helping others during holidays

Kentuckiana charities and businesses need help helping others during holidays



by Christine Wright

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 6:39 PM

(WHAS11)  More than 4,000 southern Indiana children are getting Christmas gifts thanks to the generosity of Kentuckiana.

Saturday, the Salvation Army handed out toys and food baskets to less fortunate families, as part of the Angel Tree program.
Although the center was packed, organizers said everything was under control.

Roxanne Haley, Business Administrator said, “It’s going very well.  It looks chaotic and hectic, but it isn’t. We’ve got a lot of volunteers in here.”

You can donate money or drop-off items at the Angel Tree center at 6709 Preston Highway.  For more information, call 671-4900.

(WHAS11)  A local charity is asking for your help this holiday season.  They say they’re in need of more gift donations for women and children in crisis.

The Center for Women and Families says the economic downturn has affected them more than ever this year.
They are hoping to have one thousand $25 gift cards donated, to distribute to the women who come to them seeking protection from abusive partners.  The women will be able to use the gift cards to purchase exactly what they need for their families.

Denise Vasquez Troutman, President and CEO said, “…predominantly from Target, Walmart, Kmart, because you can obviously get toys there, gift items there, you can get clothing, you can get bedding.  It makes for a wonderful place to just do one stop shopping.”

The center will accept gift card donations through Christmas Eve.  They are located at 927 S. Second Street, near Breckinridge Street, and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

(WHAS11)  Before you open up your next bottle of bourbon, why not give it a personal touch?

Next week, Keg Liquors in Clarksville is holding a bottle etching for Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack bottles.

Keg Liquors will donate $1 per bottle to the WHAS Crusade for Children and will also match donations from the crusade bucket.
The engraving will be held Monday, December 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

(WHAS11)  If your family tradition is looking at the Christmas lights around town, we’ve got the perfect one to visit!

The Gift of Lights at Long Run Park opened on Thanksgiving Day and runs through New Years.

A portion of the proceeds goes to help the WHAS Crusade for Children.  It’s open from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on weeknights and 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on weekends.

For more information and a $4-off coupon, go to our homepage and click on The Gift of Lights.